Damon: We Bought A Zoo about joy
Matt Damon has said We Bought A Zoo director Cameron Crowe took on the role of a "benevolent dictator" on set.
The 41-year-old plays Benjamin Mee in the comedy-drama, which also stars Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church.
He told Flicks And Bits: "Every... great director I've worked with is very open to the suggestions of their crew and their cast.
"They all understand that it's basically a benevolent dictatorship and so while they have an idea and a plan for how things will go, they're open to a better idea at any given moment coming from anywhere."
The actor continued: "As a result the environment's very electric."
Matt said Jerry Maguire director Cameron wanted the feel-good film to spread some joy.
"He saw this movie as a piece of joy, that's what he wanted to give and he said this is a good time to put that out into the world," he added.